Blame game begins over UA beating

April 26, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, News

CHICAGO, 26 April 2017: Newly released reports from security officers at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport paint an unflattering picture of the man dragged from a United Airlines flight, setting off a worldwide uproar.

The documents, requested by US media outlets which reported on their contents, Tuesday, said passenger David Dao was “aggressive,” and that one of the three officers attempting to remove him from his seat on United Flight 3411 had lost his grip when Dao flailed his arms, causing the 69-year-old to fall and injure himself.

The reports also for the first time identified the three Chicago Department of Aviation officers on the plane, one of whom wrote that they had used “minimal, but necessary force” to remove Dao from the packed flight to Louisville, Kentucky. Read more

Chicago airport security under fire

April 18, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, News

CHICAGO, 18 April 2017: As United Airlines struggles to recover from the public relations disaster sparked when a passenger was violently removed from a flight in Chicago, the airport security officers involved in the incident are facing tough scrutiny.

Officials in the mid-west US city are looking at why the three officers — all now placed on administrative leave —  were on the plane in the first place, amid criticism from elected officials and the United pilots’ union.

The officers — who are unarmed and meant to back up local law enforcement — were called by airline employees after the passenger, David Dao Pepper, refused to give up his seat for crew that needed to be repositioned for other flights. Read more

Nok slashes fares on domestic routes

March 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

BANGKOK, 22 March 2017: Nok Air launches “Summer Holidays” promotion for travell to selected domestic and international destinations from late this month until the end of November this year.

Bookings must be finalised by 31 March.

The promotion starts with a one-way fare, inclusive of taxes and fees, ex-Bangkok, at THB835 to Phitsanulok, Chiang Rai, Udon Thani, Ubon Ratchathani, Khon Kaen, Nakhon Phanom, Loei, Trang, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Krabi and Surat Thani. Read more

Cyprus takes over from Charlie

March 15, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

NICOSIA, CYPRUS, 15 March 2017: Reborn carrier Cyprus Airways is preparing to take to the skies again after having obtained a certificate from the civil aviation department, two years after it closed, the company said Tuesday.

“The Air Operator Certificate is a huge step forward for us, as it acknowledges that all our processes meet the requirements of European aviation authorities,” said Natalia Popova, Cyprus Airways chief commercial officer.

On 4 March, the airline conducted a test flight from Larnaca to Heraklion in Greece with an Airbus A319, as part of the procedure to obtain the certificate. Read more

SIA signs mega deal with Boeing

February 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 10 February 2017: Singapore Airlines said Thursday it had ordered 39 Boeing passenger planes worth USD13.8 billion as it seeks to expand its capacity in the face of growing competition.

The carrier said it had signed a letter of intent with the US manufacturer for 20 of its 777-9s and 19 of its 787-10s, with options for six more of each aircraft, bringing the total to 51 if exercised.

“Today’s major order for wide-body aircraft enables us to continue operating a modern and fuel-efficient fleet, providing the SIA Group with additional expansion opportunities to ensure that we retain our industry-leading position,” chief executive Goh Choon Phong said in a statement. Read more

THAI searches for a president

February 9, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 9 February 2017: Thai Airways International’s search for a new president resulted in a short list of nine candidates, who are now under consideration, according to a statement by the airline’s board of directors, Wednesday.

Reporting on the results of the 7 February board meeting the airline said qualifications of the nine applicants are being given consideration according to regulations specified in the recruitment announcement.

The airline, in a statement to the Stock Exchange of Thailand, “acknowledged the end of the term of Charamporn Jotikasthira” as airline president. Read more

Garuda plane skids off runway

February 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Indonesia, News

JAKARTA, 3 February 2017: An Indonesian passenger plane carrying 130 people skidded off the runway as it landed at a major airport in heavy rain, the airline said Thursday, the latest mishap to hit the country’s aviation sector.

No one was hurt after the Boeing 737-800 operated by Indonesian flag carrier Garuda came off the runway at the airport serving the city of Yogyakarta late Wednesday as it arrived from Jakarta.

Adisutjipto International Airport, on Java island, was closed following the incident, with authorities saying it would remain shut until Thursday afternoon to allow the plane to be removed from the area. Read more

MH370 search could resume

January 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, PACIFIC

MELBOURNE, 18 January 2017: Australia’s transport minister, Wednesday, defended the suspension of the undersea search for MH370, after relatives of passengers slammed the decision, and added that it could resume if “credible new evidence” emerges.

Australia, Malaysia and China — where most of the 239 on board the missing Malaysia Airlines jet resided — on Tuesday pulled the plug on the massive operation in the southern Indian Ocean almost three years since the plane vanished, 8 March 2014, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Transport Minister Darren Chester said the investigation’s high cost — about AUD200 million (USD150 million) — was not a factor in the decision. It came after the search of the remote 120,000 square-kilometre zone (46,000 square miles) was completed without success. Read more

Bomb hoax grounds plane

January 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

KUWAIT CITY, 16 January 2017: A German plane carrying 299 passengers made an emergency landing in Kuwait on Sunday over a hoax bomb threat, authorities in the Gulf emirate said.

The aircraft was operated by Eurowings, a low-cost carrier owned by Lufthansa, that competes head-on with Ryanair and Easyjet.

The aircraft was travelling from Salalah in Oman to Cologne in Germany when the captain requested an emergency landing. Read more

Turbulence hits Qatar jet

December 6, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

LISBON, 6 December 2016: Qatar Airways jet made an emergency landing at a Portuguese military base in the Azores islands Sunday after heavy turbulence injured passengers.

The Boeing 777 flying from Washington to Doha, was re-routed during a storm to the Azores, a Portuguese territory in the North Atlantic, and landed at the Lajes Air Base.

Officials and witnesses said the plane had dropped steeply in altitude, hurling several passengers out of their seats and causing one traveller to suffer heart trouble. Read more

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